The Stress Cure: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace
by Linda Evans Shepherd
I’m no stranger to stress, so I picked up Linda Evans Shepherd’s book, The Stress Cure, with high hopes. What’s the solution she gives for conquering stress? Less on the schedule? Eating right? Exercise? Better sleep? She says the solution is prayer and throughout her book, she gives prayer prompts and Biblical encouragement to take it to the Lord in prayer.
Everything she said was Biblical and right. I totally agree that it’s the prayerful life that helps us overcome stress. You may love the way she guides you into prayer, even doing things physically like placing your hand on your stomach, breathing deeply, and then praying through the prompts she gives. You may also love the way she turns the Biblical accounts into fictional re-tellings instead of just reading the Scripture passages. It just wasn’t my preference. I found that I skimmed through all of her fiction passages and prayed myself rather than using the prayers she gave.
She organizes the book around feelings we might have: overwhelmed, stuck, frustrated, burdened, hopeless, offended, anxious, negative, distracted, and depressed and points the reader to the peace that passes understanding. There’s likely something for everyone in here, a chapter or two that will really click with you and your circumstances. I underlined various quotes along the way and you likely will, too. This wasn’t my favorite book on the subject or even the most life-changing one for me personally, but it certainly may be for you. In the end, she writes, “Trusting God is a key to experiencing God’s peace.” So, so true.
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